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BOOKS | Amazon opening its first real bookstore — at U-Village | The Seattle Times

Two decades after it started selling books online, Amazon opens a shopping center storefront with books for sale on actual shelves. Source: Amazon opening its first real bookstore — at U-Village | The Seattle Times Related Posts:Best Books of October – Amazon Editors’ Top…Uber shakes up real estate market with massive deal for…Project Almanac: Featurette […]

The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala

BOOK | “The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala” – Kevin Costner, Jon Baird, Rick Ross

The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala The golden age of adventure stories returns with this splendidly designed, action-packed, globe-trotting tale that combines the bravura storytelling of Kipling with the irresistible style of The Adventures of Tintin. Behind the staid public rooms of an […]

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Best Books of October – Amazon Editors’ Top Picks

Best Books of October – Amazon Editors’ Top Picks Becoming Nicole – Amy Ellis Nutt Mrs. Engels – Gavin McCrea Pretty Girls: A Novel – Karin Slaughter City on Fire: A novel – Garth Risk Hallberg Find a Way – Diana Nyad Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction – Colum McCann […]

Michael Strahan Wake Up Happy

BOOK | “Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life” – Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan Wake Up HappyFrom America’s favorite football player turned morning talk show host—a man who makes just about everything look easy—a mélange of stories and motivational advice to inspire the reader to turn up the heat and go from good to great in pursuit of their personal ambitions. Michael Strahan spent his childhood on […]

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Bitfilm Gears Up For Second Annual Global Bitcoin Film Festival | Bitcoin Magazine

Source: Bitfilm Gears Up For Second Annual Global Bitcoin Film Festival | Bitcoin Magazine Related Posts:Global Bitcoin Film Competition Calls for Submissions |…Bitcoin Micropayment Service Targets Global FreelancersBITCOIN | Kleiner Perkins Makes First Bitcoin Startup…Mill Valley Film FestivalTiburon International Film FestivalSXSW 2016 Festival | Music | Film | InteractiveThe 8 Steps to Becoming a Bitcoin-Savvy […]

JR NY Street Image

I’m walking: JR’s stunning image hits the cover of the New York Times Magazine

JR cover of The New York Times Magazine

The image itself looks laid back enough — a 20-year-old man in a hoodie and jeans, walking through New York City. Except that this image is 150 feet tall and pasted on a plaza near the Flatiron Building. Cabs and cars flow around him while pedestrians scamper past.

This image, created by TED Prize winner JR, is on the cover of The New York Times Magazine’s “Walking New York” issue this week. For the issue, JR photographed 16 people who arrived in New York within the last 365 days. While living in New York part-time for the past four years, the artist has found himself intrigued with immigration and origins.

“The first question we ask you when you get to the city is where you’re from,” says JR. “That’s something really special. Where I come from in France, when someone asks you, ‘Oh, where are you from?’ people can take it the wrong way. People say: ‘What? Am I not French enough for you?’ Here, there’s not a sense of that. Everybody is from somewhere, and that’s the strength of the city.”

The man shown on the cover is Elmar Aliyev, a 20-year-old waiter who immigrated to the US from Azerbaijan last summer. JR loved his photograph because of the movement of his arms, according to a making-of story. His image was printed on 62 strips of paper, which took more than three hours to paste on the plaza. Because the image is abstract up close, and because passersby are free to step on it, it sends a powerful message — that like so many of New York’s 3.1 million immigrants, people pass by Aliyev without noticing him.

JR’s team started pasting the image on Flatiron plaza on April 11 starting at 4am. During the day, JR went up in a helicopter to photograph it from above. Later that night, the image was washed off the plaza.

But we will see more of it. On April 13, JR posted a photograph of himself and fellow TED speaker Chris Milk in the helicopter on Instagram. “Shooting my first Virtual Reality film with @zrichter and @chrismilk in New York,” he teased.

Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, enjoy these TED Talks from JR and Chris Milk: